When one enters the twilight years, phantoms of the past sometimes rise to haunt me.
The phantom that haunts me also haunted Taylor Caldwell: regret. In Taylor's case, she publicly expressed the regret that success had come to her so late in life that she had not been able to save her children from hardship.
In my case financial success never came. I strove mightily, holding three jobs at a time, to provide the comforts of life for my children and my blind, paralyzed mother. I was never able to provide more than the barest necessities.
My children grew up and had very successful lives.
But my mother, totally dependent upon me, never knew any of the comforts of life.
Mom was orphaned by the time she was 12. She had to work in the fields all day and keep house for a farmer and his wife by night. She never had pretty clothes or did any of the fun things other girls enjoy.